When I was learning English, there were some “simple English novels”, for example, “Désirée's diary”, or “treasure island”, that is, some classic novels, was modified to a simpler version, with limited vocabulary, so that beginners could read and improve.

Are there such things for French?

There are some French novels I could find, but most are original ones, that is too difficult to me.

I hope could find some “Simple French novels” for reading, within, say, 1500 French vocabulary…

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    If you're looking for commercial books most of the international publishers that publish easy English readers also publish easy French readers graded by level; you can add to those CLE International a French publishing house specialised in French as a foreign language. If you want free stuff from the internet it will be more difficult to find. You could have a look at Le Point du FLE.
    – None
    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:38
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    This Quebec site could be of some help as well : jean-nicolaslefle.viabloga.com.
    – None
    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53
  • @Laure you should turn your comment in answer.
    – chepseskaf
    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:20
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    @chepseskaf: I did not want to make it an answer because I did not think it was very interesting as far as French Language and usage is concerned. I suppose my answer is an expert answer to the question but was the question appropriate for FL&U? I suppose it has been considered appropriate since it has been upvoted. What is the point of turning my comment into an answer? Except gaining a few upvotes? Which of course should remain subsidiary.
    – None
    Apr 12, 2012 at 18:35
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    Rather than a copy/paste, I redirect you to a related question french.stackexchange.com/questions/1542/…
    – rds
    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:24

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The best answer to this question is that you have to search for "livres faciles" or "romans faciles" even in the google. The keyword for your search is the word "facile". I searched it and I found many titles (or even many texts). You do it yourself.

  • Wow, even a lmgtfy would be more useful as he'd actually end up with results. What did you find? Nov 9, 2012 at 5:21
  • Actually carrying on the search, it seems more easy to search in English, for french people are not so interested in reading simple books in their own language anyway (so what's called “simple” can be a lot harder than imagined, or just childishly boring). Nov 9, 2012 at 15:38

In high school French class, we read Volkswagen Blues and Le Petit Prince. Im not sure what you mean by 1500 French level, but they would be good books to check out.

  • @le-garry thanks :)
    – athos
    May 27, 2012 at 14:14
  • “Knowing 1500 words of vocabulary” sort of represents a level in a language's knowledge. Nov 9, 2012 at 5:17

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